I'm not your average trainer. I grew up with sports in college (football, swimming, more football). I played on a nationally ranked rugby team at school. And I CrossFit now six days a week. I have shapely arms and a strong core – but I hate my Tush. (And I hated it even when my parents still called it my "patootie.")
It's the butt that my relatives used as an excuse to kick me off their laps. "It's too bony!" They said their absence was even clearer when I started weight training, that's why I wear long cardigans when I'm in jeans.
The truth is, the look of my butt "Genetics is a major component of where we store our fat and how we build muscle, so genetics is a deciding factor in the size and shape of your body Butt's, "said physiotherapist and certified strength and condition specialist Grayson Wickham, the founder of Movement Vault, told me overheard listening to my flat bottom.
Nevertheless, I thought, would have to be something I could do to make my butt a little more and more less JFlat, besides filling out pants, ther There are a lot of benefits from stronger, greater buttock muscles: increased metabolism, improved posture, faster running, and lifting heavy weights during my CrossFit workouts.
When I found out, my CrossFit box started a nine-week squat challenge. I was with CrossFit coach Ian Berger, founder of Altrufuel and the Endure Podcast. Could my peach really only be gone for a few months? I figured I was squatting (and squatting hard) to find out.
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The full plan is below, courtesy of Berger. The TL, DR version? On Mondays we stand in front of the squat and on Wednesday we return for eight weeks. In the ninth week, we test ourselves.
All CrossFitters who joined the program with me had at least a one-week onboarding process to learn how to properly bounce forward and forward with a barbell. And we had Coach Berger there to make sure we were resting enough (but not too much!) Between the sets. Wickham suggests that beginner squatters first master the aerial squats and squat squats before embarking on the barbell and embarking on this type of program.
When you're ready for such a thing, here's how it's done
The Back Squat
Position a dumbbell on a rack so that it is level with your collarbone, and place your hands shoulder width apart on the pole. Step under it so it rests on your shoulders and then push your elbows down to "pull" the pole towards you. Gently lift the dumbbell off the rack and take two steps back. Place your feet shoulder width apart with your toes pointing slightly outwards. Inhale and lower your hips and back to lower yourself into your squat. As you exhale, squeeze through your heels to get up, and make sure your knees do not fall inward. This is a rep.
The Front Squat
Position a barbell on a rack so that it is level with your collarbones, and place your hands shoulder-width apart on the bar. Go to the barbell, allowing it to rise resting your chest, then gently lift it from the frame and take two steps back. Stand with your feet hip-width apart to shoulder width. Stow your core, inhale, and then drop your butt down and back while holding your chest up and sitting on your heels without shifting your weight to the balls of your feet. Exhale and drive through your heels. Come to a stop and squeeze your buttocks muscles. This is a rep.
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As I said, I raise and crossfit for some years, so I had more or less movements before I started this challenge. But it was nice to have a pro like Coach Berger, who gave me a tip every time he got sloppy. Here's how I followed this boatbuilding program:
Weeks 1-3: Everything hurts and I'm starving
I started the program excitedly. Every day I wore boat shorts, which we squatted in the first month of the program, as if we were saying, "See you later, little cloth!" I felt optimistic – I squatted 185 pounds for five repetitions and squatted 200 again if you need to know – and was surprised that these lifting sessions only took about 20 minutes a day. But I woke up every Tuesday and Thursday morning after I had picked up the previous night. And hangry.
And it was not just my buttocks muscles that hurt. It was all! According to certified personal trainer Alex Silver-Fagan, a Nike and MIRROR trainer, yoga instructor and founder of FlowIntoStrong, this is completely normal. "Barbell squats work your entire lower body as well as your core, plus the upper and lower back."
How to increase hunger? Also normal. "Heavy squats can not only build strength, but also stimulate the metabolism," says Silver-Fagan. But to properly refuel is indeed an important part of prey growth, she says, so she encouraged me to eat as my body needed.
Weeks 4-6: I started the elevator – and focused on recovery
Status update: still sore. I started taking the lift up the three flights to my apartment, which seriously defeated me when I first boarded. I had promised myself that if I did not break my legs (knocking on wood) I would pull away from the elevator. I began to prioritize my recovery after these squats, so I limped up and down some stairs and was not so "ouch!" To produce.
I started with the TheraGun Professional Massager – you know the jackhammer-like tool I saw celebrities on instagram – after my workouts that definitely relaxed the tight spots. I also regularly used my foam roller, worked on my hip mobility and definitely took one or two inspired bathtubs .
Weeks 7-9: I definitely get stronger and my whole body feels more stable
After seven weeks I could really say that I was getting strong – that became during the ninth week of the challenge confirmed when I was able to bludgeon ten pounds more I could during the first week!
In addition to the feeling that my butt was rounder, my core had definitely tightened. "When you do a squat properly, you support your core muscles for each and every one of the representatives," explains Silver-Fagan.
Honestly, I felt more robust everywhere. Lower body exercises such as squats promote stability in the knees that can help to prevent ACL tears (which is especially the case with women), according to the American Council on Exercise. Sure, it could all be in my mind, but I think my knees feel more stable!
The bottom line
I'm proud of myself for sticking to the program from beginning to end, getting stronger and having better glutes.
Silver-Fagan says these are the results I should have expected: "Sticking to any program intentionally designed by an expert is beneficial for increased strength and stamina, especially a squat program on a particular program, and instead your workouts vary. Every day your body can not begin. o Keep moving and changing. "
Whether you should do a nine-week squat challenge or not depends on your personal goals. But for me, my new confidence and strength on the backside was definitely worth the investment.
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